Fernetics or Phonetics OK!

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Fernetics or Phonetics OK!

Post by Who2 »

So dwelling as I do, I was thinking that OK was the most world wide known word.
And I was right, very interesting and something I had never thought about before. "Ain't tekinology just wundeful... :cool:
And a nice bit from the Beeb: 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12503686
"live & learn...

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Ps: "It's not the the journey ahead that wears you out, it's the grain of sand in your moccasin" another choctaw classic.
Thus it was taken into the Choctaw Native American language, whose expression "okeh" meant something like "it is so".

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Re: Fernetics or Phonetics OK!

Post by BENNU »

From Who2's link:

In some Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, as well as in Brazil, it represents vulgar expressions: either an insult (you are an asshole), or the slang for anus itself. By the same symbolism, it stands for (faggot - vulgar word for homosexual) in several South American countries.


Around 1980, there was a huge and expensive campaign in Denmark, encouraging drivers and pedestrians to use this sign whenever someone was considerate of you, all to maintain a friendly atmosphere. We received colourful pamphlets in the mail and large posters were placed in the streets as there were advertisements on busses and everywhere else. Noone knew anything of the world outside and immigrants were still something relatively new to our little kingdom.

It was criticised loudly and considered a scandal that foreigners had to see such a symbol of insult in the public space, though the intension was really the exact opposite.

It did not last long, and the finger symbol you see the most in Danish traffic was unknown to us until even we got cable TV and music videos.